Central Park Great Hill
New York, NY 10025
Inis Úll - Apple Isle Grove, ADF cordially invites you to…
Samhain 2013: Turas Gan Am
Saturday, November 2nd, 2pm on the Great Hill in Central Park
For Samhain, Inis Úll - Apple Isle Grove, ADF will take a ritual voyage into the timeless space of the Otherworld. Samhain is the ancient Pagan Celtic New Year; it is a special period in which the gap between the past and the future also opens the gates between the many worlds. In our ritual, we will be honoring the Dagda (literally, the "Good God") and asking him to guide us on our way along the misty paths of the land beyond. Within that especially sacred space, we will let go of the old year and seek the blessings of the great beings of myth and magic whom we shall encounter there. We will undertake this journey by walking the pattern of a powerful triskel symbol that we will have laid out on the ground with yarn. Participants will follow this course over and over at their own pace (whether physically or mentally) and enter a group trance-like state as the other elements of the rite are carried out.
Join us, all folk of good will, in this ADF High Day rite and magical work! Bring gifts for the Dagda and any of the great Gael Kindreds: poems and songs, food or drink, objects of beauty or whatever your heart tells you will please those we honor.
Dress warmly! Early November can be quite chilly, so bundle up. Much, much better to have to shed a layer or two than be cold!!!
IMPORTANT: Please note that any alcoholic offerings MUST be in containers which disguise their real identity. We are exercising our religious rights, but it is best to avoid troubles with the authorities!
We will be asking for donations to help cover our Grove's expenses. Five or ten dollars each would help us out greatly--whatever you feel comfortable giving! Your attendance and participation is more valuable than cash!
The rite will be held at our usual oak on the Great Hill. For new folk who may have trouble finding us, someone will guide you from the benches south of the restrooms at the top of the hill (this is on the *northwest* part of the hill, across from where we hold our rites). To get there, enter the park via "Strangers Gate" at 106th Street and Central Park West, climb the stairs and, when you get to the top, you'll see the benches to your left (north) between where you are and the restrooms. If you are late: from the restrooms, walk east across the top of the hill - hopefully, the fairies will lead you to us!